Zoe Harper, a senior at Smith-Cotton High School, recently had two of her poems published in the book, “Young Voices of Missouri 2017.”

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Lorin Blackburn Thierfelder, who teaches English classes at S-C, said all students in her Creative Writing class wrote poems and short stories to submit to college students at Truman State University. The college students read and edited everyone’s work, but Harper was the only one to get published. Harper said the poems didn’t take her too long to write.

“I put my pen on the paper and it just kind of goes,” she said.

She received the email that she had been published while at a Team SCREAM robotics competition.

“I literally screamed,” she said.

Thierfelder said Harper “is an amazing writer.” Although it was the first time for the class to do this project, Thierfelder hopes to continue it in the future.

“I think it’s a great step for S-C to have a creative outlet,” she said.

(News release written by S-C student Lexi Venable)
In the photo: Smith-Cotton senior Zoe Harper had two of her poems published in the “Young Voices of Missouri 2017” anthology, which is created by Truman State University.